The Hawks have been playing good basketball of late ripping off eight wins in their last ten games to improve their record to 24-18 and move into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. However, despite their winning ways, there’s still some question surrounding what the team will do come trade deadline time. They’ve already pulled the trigger on one big move this season sending Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers in exchange for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a protected future first round pick.
Rumors since have involved power forward Paul Millsap and whether or not he would be moved ahead of the deadline. According to a new report from ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe, the Hawks had “exploratory talks” centering on another one of their big men, center Dwight Howard. In his report, Lowe says that the Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans had conversations about the eight time All-Star because the Pelicans have been looking to possibly add a center to pair with star Anthony Davis. From the report:
“But they haven’t committed to staying small, and sticking Davis at center. They worry about the physical toll it would take, and fretted after Davis picked up two quick fouls jostling with Dwight Howard two weeks ago. In the days that followed, Atlanta and New Orleans had exploratory talks about possible Howard trades before the Hawks pulled everyone off the market, according to several league sources. It is unclear how interested New Orleans was, and there was not unanimous support within the team for acquiring Howard.”
Now, as Lowe states, this should be taken with a grain of salt as the talks were largely preliminary and it doesn’t seem that the two sides got very far down the road towards making a deal. However, it is interesting to note that the Hawks have discussed the possibility of trading a player they just signed to a big money contract in free agency this past summer.